#FundingFriday: Federal Grants Addressing the Ongoing Opioid Epidemic in the US

Opioid abuse and addition have developed to epidemic proportions in the United States.

“In 2014, more than 28,000 people died from opioid overdose, and at least half of those deaths involved a prescription opioid. Many more became addicted to prescription and illegal opioids,” reads an article on the opioid epidemic on the website of the Department of Health and Human Services.

The following recent grant opportunities highlight the range of U.S. government agencies and programs currently addressing the opioid epidemic:

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1. Department of Health and Human Services, National Institutes of Health – Marijuana, Prescription Opioid, or Prescription Benzodiazepine Drug Use Among Older Adults (R01)

Despite significant scientific advancements made in substance use disorder research over the last century, the causes and consequences of drug use in later life remain poorly understood. The intent of this funding opportunity announcement is to support innovative research that examines aspects of marijuana and prescription opioid and benzodiazepine use in adults aged 50 and older. This Funding Opportunity Announcement encourages research that examines the determinants of these types of drug use and/or characterizes the resulting neurobiological alterations, associated behaviors, and public health consequences. This initiative will focus on two distinct populations of older adults: individuals with earlier onset of drug use who are now entering this stage of adult development or individuals who initiate drug use after the age of 50.

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Grants.gov FY2016 Annual Report Highlights

Last year brought a lot of changes and enhancements to the Grants.gov program, and you can find detailed information and statistics in the Grants.gov Annual Report for Fiscal Year (FY) 2016.

If you don’t have time to read through the full report, here are a few key highlights from FY16:

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4 Ways to Learn Grants with Grants.gov [Video]

Today, Grants.gov supports a growing community of applicants, grantors, and others interested in learning more about federal grant eligibility.

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#FundingFriday: Grants from the Department of Agriculture, the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities, NASA and More

This week, more than 80 federal grants were posted on Grants.gov by government agencies. Visit Grants.gov Search to browse the latest funding opportunity announcements. Below are a few highlights from the Department of Agriculture, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Department of Defense, NASA and the National Endowment for the Humanities.

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1. Department of Agriculture – Conservation Innovation Grant (CIG)

The purpose of the CIG is to stimulate the development and adoption of innovative conservation approaches and technologies while leveraging the federal investment in environmental enhancement and protection, in conjunction with agricultural and forestry production. CIG projects are expected to lead to the transfer of conservation technologies, management systems and innovative approaches (such as market-based systems) into policy, technical manuals, guides and references or to the private sector.

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Share Your Feedback on the General Services Administration’s RFI for ‘Government-Wide Entity Identification and Validation Services’

A critical part of registering as an applicant organization with Grants.gov involves entering a DUNS number – or obtaining one before proceeding.

A DUNS number is a unique nine-character number that Grants.gov and other programs use to identify your organization. For example, the federal government uses the DUNS number to track how federal money is allocated. Applicants doing business with the federal government can get one for free through Dun and Bradstreet (D&B).

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In 2018, the D&B contract with the federal government’s General Services Administration (GSA) expires, and the GSA has released a Request for Information (RFI) for government-wide entity identification and validation services.

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Infographic: Illustrating the Standard Grants.gov Workspace Workflow

With Release 15.4, Workspace users now have the option of filling out online forms, rather than PDF forms. This new functionality works with the existing Workspace workflow.

The following infographic illustrates how a team of applicants can take advantage of Grants.gov Workspace when applying for their next federal grant. A clickable version of this infographic is available on Grants.gov.

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Grants.gov Update is Live—What You Need to Know

We have launched Release 15.4 for Grants.gov, which brings a few improvements to the website.

#1 Updated Homepage

Based on user feedback and usage analytics, we have redesigned the Grants.gov homepage to highlight the information you are already searching for and using.

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If there is something you cannot find, please let us know in the comments below or on Twitter @grantsdotgov and we’ll help you find it.

#2 Streamlined Future Account Management

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Reply All: ‘Can Workspace Catch My Mistakes?’

The Reply All blog series addresses individual user questions that may be relevant to a wider audience.

Q: How smart is Workspace? Can it catch my mistakes?

A: Workspace is built to alert users to potential problems with their grant applications. If you miss a required field, for example, a message will list the overlooked field in a pop-up window when you click the application form’s Check for Errors button.

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If you fill out the SF-424 form before working on other forms in the application package, Workspace will populate certain other fields on other forms within the package. This will both save you time and help you avoid making a typo when re-typing data on multiple forms.

However, there are certain mistakes that Workspace will not be able to catch or remedy.

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What Is the OMB’s ‘Uniform Guidance’ for Grants?

With a name like Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards (commonly called “Uniform Guidance”), you’re unlikely to mistake this government publication for a comic book or romance novel. But, unless you’re a federal grants expert, you may have some difficulty pinning down the Uniform Guidance’s main goal.

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In plain English, the Uniform Guidance is simply a set of authoritative rules and regulations about federal grants from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). This “guidance” is designed to keep everyone in the federal grants community – Congress, grant-making agencies, and applicants – on the same page.

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